There are numerous books on each of these subjects. These are just a few of the books that have changed my life, that I found helpful on my journey and/or wanted to share with you. This is by no means a comprehensive list nor does it include many other wonderful books and resources on these subjects.

On Meditation

True Meditation by Adyashanti. The best book on meditation and awakening I’ve found in over 40 years of study and practice.

Just Sit-A Meditation Guidebook by Sukey and Elizabeth Novogratz. Many of us know we would benefit from meditation but just can’t bring ourselves to sit. Just Sit playfully encourages and supports us to overcome our resistance to just sitting.

Moody Cow Meditates by Kerry Lee Maclean. Tested out on my grandchild, this approach to teaching meditation to young children is really effective.

Planting Seeds-practicing mindfulness with children, by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village community. Chock full of meditation and mindfulness practices for the whole family.

On parenting

on homemaking

Wabi-Sabi Welcome-learning to embrace the imperfect and entertain with thoughtfulness and ease by Julie Pointer Adams. An inspiring book about bringing mindfulness practice in our homemaking.

Children's books

The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper and Gabi Swiatowska. Simple picture book on teaching the most basic spiritual lesson.

The Three Questions-based on a story by Leo Tolstoy, written and illustrated by Jon J Muth. Beautiful story about being present and caring with magical illustrations.

on Buddhism

Zen Flesh Zen Bones-a collection of pre-Zen writings complied by Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki. Great first book on Zen. I used to carry it around in my purse when I was a teenager.

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki. One of the first, and best, books introducing Zen to the new student. 

Not Mixing up Buddhism, essays on women and Buddhist practice, White Pines Press. This book is no longer in print but if you can get a copy grab it! It is the seminal book on contemporary women’s issues as related to Buddhism. Short and concise, must good food for thought.

on world religions

on pregnancy and birthing

The Doula’s Guide to Empowering Your Birth, by Lindsey Bliss. The pregnancy and birthing book I would have liked when I was pregnant. Lindsey, mother of 7, is emotionally attuned to the experiences of pregnancy through mothering. Answers many questions new mother’s have, directly and simply.

on death and illness

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyal Rimpoche. Beautifully written book integrating dying with living offering the Tibetan perspective of the dying process and purpose of a life.



Resources for families

For Children

for mothers

Website for parenting outside the box

La Leche League has been supporting nursing mothers since the 50’s:

for fathers

Online support for fathers:





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